The Torbay and District Organists' Association was formed in the 1950s as
an association of church organists and those interested in church organ
music, to enable them to meet together and visit other organs in the area.
A second aim has been to further the interest in church organs and organ
music, and to encourage all those with similar interests to enjoy their
work, and to share their experiences with others who do likewise.
Two Honorary Life Members have been
created. The first, Deryck Seymour, was the organist of St. Mary Magdalene, Upton, Torquay, between 1945 and
He had an article on that organ published in "The Organ", and wrote several books on organs and other subjects, for which he
was well known in South Devon. He died in 2006.
Our second Honorary Life Member is John Hopwood. His honorary membership was created at the 2004 AGM, which, we understand, was the 50th. anniversary of his joining the association.
John was the organist of Paignton Parish Church for approximately 35 years, and
in his mid 80s still played as a relief organist in the Torbay area. He
passed away on 1st April 2010.
The Association stopped meeting actively for a while, but in the early 1990s it was resurrected by some of the remaining members, and has, since that time, met on the third Saturday of most months to make a visit to one or two churches in the Devon area.
In some recent years, we have had an Annual
Outing to somewhere further afield. Also, every second year we join with the Plymouth and District Organists' Association, the Exeter
and District Organists' Association and the Cornwall Organists'
Association to create a joint event for members of the three associations
to meet, often including a masterclass, visits to various local organs, and finishing
with a recital in the evening. We call this our peninsular day and it
usually occurs in May.
We welcome anyone with an interest in
organs. Our membership fee is currently £20 per person per year, which
includes the I.A.O. affiliation fee. All are welcome to attend any of our
events to see if they wish to join us on a permanent basis.
For any details, please contact Cyril Rider. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists.
For details of the I.A.O., click the link: http://www.iao.org.uk
The Torbay and District Organists' Association is a Registered Charity No.